Sarah Palin Threatens Lisa Murkowski After Justice Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed
After one of the most contentious battles in the history of the Supreme Court nominations process, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed as the newest associate justice of the highest court in the land.
The final vote tally was 50 – 48, mostly on partisan lines with the defections of Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin,who voted yes, and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski who voted no, then changed her vote to present in order for Sen. Steve Daines to attend his daughter’s wedding.
During the vote protesters in the chamber continuously interrupted the proceedings screaming at the senators and chanting “Shame!” and “I do no consent!” Thousands more protesters voiced their dissent outside the Capitol.
President Donald Trump congratulated the Senate for its vote after the confirmation and said that there would be a swear in of Justice Kavanaugh later Saturday.
“I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!” he wrote.
I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2018
In two years in office President Trump has added two Supreme Court Justices, a major victory and one that is certain to motivate both Republicans and Democrats to head to the polls this November for the midterm elections.
But the president was still angry after the confirmation as he tore into Sen. Murkowski for defecting the party.
“I think she will never recover from this,” the president told The Washington Post in a brief interview. “I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did.”
He used the same interview to praise Maine Sen. Susan Collins who proved to be the deciding vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation.
“I think what Susan Collins did for herself was incredibly positive,” he said. “It showed her to be an honorable, incredible woman. I think she’s got a level of respect that’s unbelievable. I really mean it.”
He said that he did not think the Democrats would be able to use the vote to defeat her in the next election. “I think Collins is so popular right now for what she did,” the president said.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hinted that she would challenge Sen. Murkowski for the Republican Senate nomination in Alaska in 2022.
“Hey @LisaMurkowski — I can see 2022 from my house…” she wrote.
Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house…
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) October 5, 2018
Justice Kavanaugh will take the bench on Tuesday.